2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs. Its Competition

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Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The Jeep Grand Cherokee is, as it's always been, part rugged SUV and part comfortable family vehicle.

What's new about the current-generation Grand Cherokee is how this model has deftly entered the luxury realm, competing against some models with pedigreed luxury badges.

The Ford Explorer has sharp-steering, and it's a quick-footed way to tote up to seven passengers, but it's bigger and car-based with no more off-road cred.

The Volkswagen Touareg has a nice interior, although it lacks many of the Jeep's features and has shed some of its off-road gear in recent years.

For the crossover crowd that doesn't care so much about off-roading, the Grand Cherokee's rivals could include the Chevy Traverse or Equinox.

Yet we think the Subaru Outback is closest to its temperament and its utility.

Finally, the Porsche Cayenne has scalding performance in top versions, and handling that makes you believe it's penned by the same engineers that developed the 911.

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Quick Specs
The 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee is a benchmark SUV; it's a luxury vehicle, a talented off-roader, a scalding-hot track runner, and a family wagon extraordinaire.
The 2017 Chevrolet Traverse has aged gracefully; it's still one of GM's best minivan replacements.
The 2017 Ford Explorer adds a sport appearance package and Sync 3, both of which are important to today's SUV buyers.
The 2017 Porsche Cayenne is versatile and roomy, yet it possesses road and even track performance to satisfy enthusiasts.
The 2017 Subaru Outback is a worthy competitor to many SUVs on capability alone—factor in price and it should be a no-brainer.
Although it might be sold alongside pedestrian Jettas, the Volkswagen Touareg looks and feels nearly like a full-on luxury SUV at a (slightly) cut-rate price.
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Gas Mileage     
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Regular Unleaded V-6Gas V6Regular Unleaded V-6Premium Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded H-4Premium Unleaded V-6
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Standard SUV 2WD2WD Sport Utility VehicleStandard SUV 2WDN/ASmall SUV 4WDN/A
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75th Anniversary Edition 4x2 *Ltd Avail*FWD 4-Door LS w/1SMBase FWDAWD2.5iV6 Sport w/Technology
Rear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
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Detailed Spec Comparison
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